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Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Spring 2005

Message from the Chair

I know that for some of us, this is the time of year we look forward to —- the end of classes (if we are faculty or students) and the beginning of summer fun (or at least time to work more intensely on our research and writing). For others in our ranks, the change in seasons doesn’t always bring rest from labors. I am thinking of our colleagues who work in health care institutions, health departments, voluntary agencies, worksites and other places where the semester schedule doesn’t rule. I hope that all of us will have some time this summer to play and to rest! Since we represent professionals from many different worksites, it is hard to keep up with what everyone is doing and what their expertise is. Sometime in the future, we plan to send out a survey of our PHEHP members, so we can learn more about what you all do and where you do it. This information will help us to contact the right members when a question comes up or when APHA needs advice or help with an issue. We will advise you in advance of the survey —- please make sure to fill it out. Thanks in advance for your help with this.

Now we are looking forward to the Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The program committee has worked hard to make sure we have an excellent program. Our social committee is already thinking about and planning for a fun and relaxing evening. I hope you are planning to come. If you have never been to our business meetings, I hope you will come to those as well. Granted, they are held at 6:30 a.m., and for those of us from the western part of the country, that translates to a very, very early hour. However, there is no secret handshake, no one will force you to do anything untoward, and we really do have some fun, and sometimes, food! The meetings are open to all our members, and we would love to have you there and promise to be really nice to you. These are the meetings where you can really get involved (or not) in the Section business, and become a part of the leadership. You will learn more about the inner workings of APHA, what really happens in Governing Council, and how APHA leadership gets elected. Business meetings are a great place to network and really get to know other members of the Section. I do hope to see you there.

2005 Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting promises to be every bit as successful as in previous years. First, there’s the city of New Orleans. Need we say more? Second, there has been the incredibly enthusiastic response from individuals interested in being a part of the PHEHP program. This year, the Section received 464 completed abstracts for review. Approximately 140 Section members provided scholarly reviews of those proposed presentations. In response to our members’ enthusiastic response to the New Orleans call for papers, PHEHP received additional oral session slots and a poster session to accommodate the size and quality of our many submissions.

Then there are the spectacular special sessions. Health Communication is sponsoring one such session, “Measurement of Outcomes in Health Communication: Truth and Anti-drug Present 3 Routes to Determining Intervention Effects.” PHEHP offers us “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” a special panel designed to show the breadth of health educators’ activities in the field. While panel members practice health education skills on a daily basis, they do so in non-traditional ways. Of interest to all, the session is aimed primarily at our students and new professionals. On a very different theme, another PHEHP special session will be devoted to “The Costs of War: Consequences of Service to U.S. Soldiers, Their Loved Ones, and Their Communities.” Using an ecological approach, this session will include presentations by men and women in the military, military families with loved ones in Iraq, as well as health practitioners, researchers and educators. Particular attention will be paid to repercussions of war’s effects at the individual, community and organizational levels. The topic will be continued in an interaction session that extends our dialogue, to explore the range of current and potential prevention efforts applicable to issues raised by panelists and session participants.

New Orleans promises so much. Needless to say, were it not for our authors and reviewers, we would have no program to celebrate. To all who have assisted in these major responsibilities, sincere thanks. See you in NOLA!

Work with us in New Orleans!

Call for Session Moderators

If you are interested in helping out PHEHP at this year's APHA Annual meeting in New Orleans as a Session Moderator, please let us know. For more information, please contact our program planners.

Program Planner Contact Information:

Johanna M. Hinman, MPH, CHES
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory Prevention Research Center
Emory University
<jhinman@sph.emory.edu>

Susan Radius, PhD, CHES
Department of Health Science
Towson University
<sradius@towson.edu>

APHA’s Sections & SPIGs Elections

The polls for APHA elections are now open, and your vote counts! APHA members are eligible to vote for their Section, SPIG/Unaffiliated or Student Assembly leadership beginning May 13 through June 16. Current members, as of March 30, were sent voting instructions on Friday, May 13, 2005, via e-mail. Members with no or invalid e-mail addresses were mailed a paper ballot. If you have not received either an e-mail or paper ballot, please contact our election vendor by phone at (866) 720-4357 or e-mail <aphahelp@electionservicescorp.com>.

Elected candidates will assume office after the close of the 133rd APHA Annual Meeting, to be held in New Orleans Nov. 5-9. For more information on elections, contact Section Affairs at <frances.atkinson@apha.org>.

Vote today for the future of our Section and APHA!

Action Board Outlines Improvements for APHA Advocacy: Selects Medicaid as Test Case

At its Feb. 27-28 retreat at APHA headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Action Board outlined recommendations for improving APHA’s advocacy impact, including hiring additional APHA government relations staff and upgrading electronic communications capabilities among members. Twenty-one of 29 Action Board members attended, along with APHA staff. Action Board Chair and PHEHP Advocacy Co-chair Elaine Auld provided an overview of the Action Board, as well as the results of two recent surveys of the Executive Board and APHA leadership (i.e. elected leaders of the Sections/SPIGs/Caucuses/Affiliates).

Following are major headlines from the retreat, which were presented to the Executive Board at its May 2005 meeting:

  • Based on a careful review of current Action Board roles (as defined in APHA’s bylaws and constitution), the group agreed that these roles are appropriate and that as a whole, the Action Board is carrying out some but not all of its responsibilities. The Board also would like a more defined role in educating constituencies about advocacy principles and issues. Recommendations were made for improving the communication/effectiveness of individual Action Board members with their constituencies. In other cases, changes in current APHA bylaws and other documentation is needed. For example, Action Board members do not implement policies per se, but rather “facilitate” implementation by linking with their constituencies, and helping to disseminate adopted policies at national/state/local levels through partnerships and connections.


  • Many issues raised during the retreat relate back to the need for improved frequency, type and multiple methods of advocacy-related communications – both internally (i.e. between Action Board and constituencies) and externally (i.e. APHA to members and to partners). The need for more advanced, reliable electronic communications systems was emphasized throughout the two-day retreat as essential to the Action Board’s success.


  • There was strong consensus that the overall Action Board structure (i.e., representation from all Sections and reps for Affiliates, SPIGs/Caucuses) should not be changed or reduced in size. Clarification is necessary on overall accountability of Action Board (i.e. reports to Executive Committee or Governing Council), a more formal deployment process for Action Board members to JPC, and other items. Development of an Action Board procedures manual and procedures for appointing a chair-elect are critical for infrastructure continuity. The recent addition of a student representative to the Action Board was applauded.


  • There was strong consensus that more APHA resources should be devoted to advocacy if policy impact goals are to be realized (as reflected in the strategic map) and to be a more effective national voice for public health. At a minimum, more government relations staff is needed, e-communication systems must be improved, and state/local advocacy (in collaboration with Action Board with affiliates) must be strengthened. The Action Board also needs an annual budget and meeting in Washington, D.C., to “take action” on Capitol Hill.


  • Given the current Administrative/Congressional agenda, the Action Board selected Medicaid as a “test case” of whether its recommendations for improvement could impact a specific priority health issue. Each Action Board member agreed to review by March 10 the latest Medicaid backgrounder (distributed during the meeting) and add specific examples of how program cuts would affect their issues, e.g. maternal/child health, health administration, health education services. Work in other sub-groups (i.e. resolutions submitted on disparities, access) will continue, but the Action Board will focus its priority for the year on Medicaid.


  • Three ad hoc work groups were formed to identify required skills and competencies of Action Board members, necessary resources, and Action Board strategies to advocate for/implement APHA resolutions related to Medicaid.

SOPHE Publishes Tools of the Trade Book: Great Gift for Graduates and New Professionals

"Health Education Tools of the Trade: Tools for Tasks that Didn’t Come with the Job Description" is a soft-bound, 120-page compilation of 29 Tools of the Trade columns, originally printed in News & Views and Health Promotion Practice.

This collection, authored by Karen Denard Goldman and Kathleen Schmalz, offers easy-to-read tips for key health promotion and education functions and responsibilities, as well as tools addressing professional responsibilities that are not necessarily a part of formal education yet are inevitably part of the job. Topics include program planning; evaluating; grant writing; teaching/training; community organizing; media advocacy; meeting and conference planning; making professional referrals; professional networking; working with volunteers; and much, much more.

Already Tools is making a splash among health education professionals. Here’s what people are saying:

  • “Goldman and Schmalz bring their ‘in the trenches’ experience and enthusiasm for improving health education practice to every page.”

  • “This book fills an important gap in the health education textbook market. Health Education faculty will find it to be a great resource for developing authentic course assessment activities.”

  • “This book delivers important, practical information that is easy to digest and use immediately. I look forward to having the Tools collection at my fingertips."


To order your copy of "Health Education Tools of the Trade: Tools for Tasks that Didn’t Come with the Job Description" (ISBN 57931-035-4), visit the SOPHE Web site at <www.sophe.org> for an order form. National SOPHE member price: $23.25 each; non-members, $29, plus shipping and handling.

Call for Nominations for SOPHE Awards

Distinguished Fellow Award
This award is SOPHE's highest form of recognition for a Society member and recognizes a person who has made exemplary and lasting contributions to the field of health education. The award will be presented at the 2005 SOPHE Annual Meeting Awards Banquet in New Orleans.

Health Education Mentor Award
This award recognizes individuals who have provided excellence in mentorship to health educators in their preparation, performance, and/or practice. It recognizes individuals who have served to successfully bridge the gap between practice and research.

Program Excellence Award
This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a program (not an agency), in existence for at least three years, to the practice of health education. Award recipients must demonstrate systematic application of the following components:

  • Health education principles including provision of a planned, reinforcing series of educational experiences over time;

  • Involvement of the target population in planning and implementation;

  • A well-defined evaluation component.


Chapter Innovation Award
This award of $250 recognizes and publicizes creative and replicable methods implemented by SOPHE chapters to deliver one or more core member services: membership; fiscal management; board and leadership development; communications; continuing education; alignment of chapter and national strategic plans; and/or bylaws and policies.

SOPHE Open Society Award
This award will be given each year to recognize an individual or group who embodies and promotes an Open Society, through research, practice, and/or teaching.

Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship Award
This award of $1,500 provides support to both undergraduate and graduate level full-time students in their pursuit of educational and professional development in health education.

Graduate Student Research Paper Award
This award is designed to foster quality graduate student research and to provide a mechanism by which to recognize outstanding graduate students for creative and innovative research. The recipient of this award receives $250 and is encouraged to submit the paper for review to SOPHE’s journals, Health Education and Behavior or Health Promotion Practice.

SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Injury Prevention and Control
This one-year fellowship is designed to recognize, assist and train graduate students working on research or practice-based unintentional injury prevention projects from the perspective of health education or behavioral sciences. Included is a $1,500 stipend for the student’s special project, one-year SOPHE membership, complimentary annual meeting registration, and an opportunity to display a poster about the project at the 2006 SOPHE Annual Meeting

SOPHE/ATSDR Student Fellowship in Environmental Health Promotion
This one-year fellowship is designed to recognize, assist and train students working on research or practice-based environmental health education/health promotion or environmental justice from the perspective of health education or behavioral sciences. Included is an $1,500 stipend for the student’s special project, one-year SOPHE membership, complimentary annual meeting registration, and an opportunity to display a poster about the project at the 2006 SOPHE Annual Meeting

Nominations for all awards are due July 31 of each year.Nomination packets for these awards are available from the National SOPHE office or can be accessed via SOPHE's Web site at <www.sophe.org>. A complete nomination packet includes an application form, cover letter from the SOPHE member coordinating the nomination, and support letters from National SOPHE members in good standing (where required). All correspondence to National SOPHE should be addressed to:

SOPHE Awards Committee
750 First Street NE, Suite 910
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-9804

SOPHE Honor Cards: When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best!

Looking for a creative, professional way to say. . .

  • Happy Graduation

  • Congratulations

  • You did it!

  • Job well done

  • Hang in there

  • Keep in touch

  • Thank you


  • Look no further – SOPHE Honor Cards are here! These professionally printed 3" x 5” note cards are the perfect way to offer greetings to colleagues – and benefit SOPHE. Buy a set of five cards for just $25. Each set is yours to keep for sending to colleagues, students, and friends at the appropriate time. To order your set, visit the SOPHE Web site at <www.sophe.org> today.

    Then, make plans now to attend SOPHE’s 56th Annual Meeting, “Global Health Promotion: Bridging New Worlds and New Cultures,” Nov. 3-5, 2005, at the Hotel Intercontinental in New Orleans. This year, the one and one-half day conference will start on Friday morning, Nov. 4 and conclude mid-day on Saturday, Nov. 5 – leaving PHEHP members time to address APHA meetings. Pre- and post-conference workshops, including Cajun cooking classes, will be offered on Thursday and Saturday, rounding out an outstanding mardi gras of learning, networking and fun! SOPHE’s cameo Annual Awards banquet will be held at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Saturday, Nov. 5, with a small museum exhibit and a gorgeous view of the mighty Mississippi.

    This year’s meeting will include plenary sessions on three key meeting subthemes: global health, translating research to practice, and cardiovascular health. Among the plenary speakers will be George Mensah, CDC’s director the National Center for Health Promotion; Ron Labonte of the University of Saskatchewan; and Gerald Berenson, father of the Bogalusa Heart Study, one of the longest running pediatric interventions to reduce cardiovascular risk.

    There is nothing else like the Big Easy – a gentle and relaxed pace of life, garden districts, jazz clubs in the French Quarter, and streetcars transporting you back in time to experience the founding French influence. New Orleans’ architecture and ambiance are unsurpassed! Stay tuned for more program information in the spring or visit SOPHE’s Web site at <www.sophe.org>.

Announcements

15th Annual Social Marketing in Public Health Conference
During June 15 -18, 2005, The University of South Florida Health Sciences Centers sponsors The 15th Annual Social Marketing in Public Health Conference. This Conference is designed for public health professionals and health educators from a variety of settings including CDC, state and local health departments, other public health agencies and nonprofit organizations. Participants usually include CDC designees, program planners and administrators, health educators, health communication and health information specialists, researchers, academicians, and graduate students. For more information visit <http://www.cme.hsc.usf.edu/coph/smph/>.

Months’ Observances

NIH National Wellness Institute recommends these National Health Observances for this season:

JUNE
Cancer in the Sun Month
Fireworks Safety Months (June/July)
Light the Night for Sight (June/July)
National Safety Month
National Scleroderma Awareness Month
1 Stand for Children Day
5-11 National Headache Awareness Week
13-19 National Men’s Health Week

JULY
Fireworks Safety Month (June/July)
Light the Night for Sight (June/July)
Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month
10-16 National Therapeutic Recreation Week
17-23 International Massage Week